This Saffron Chickpea Stew comes from cookbook author Heidi Swanson by way of the Food52 Genius Recipes cookbook. After making this delicious Moroccan stew, I’m ready to see what else she has in her vegetarian cookbook, Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel.
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Saffron Chickpea Soup
Yield 2 quarts
This luscious Moroccan stew highlights saffron like no other meal I've enjoyed. To thicken the broth, egg yolks, saffron and yogurt are tempered with a ladle of hot broth before adding the mixture back in to the stew.
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 cans chickpeas, drained / rinsed
- 4 cups organic vegetable broth
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 pinches saffron
- 3 large egg yolks, beaten
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- Sweet paprika
- cilantro, chopped for garnish
- Whisk egg yolks and saffron in a medium bowl. Add yogurt, whisk well, set aside.
- Sauté onions with olive oil and salt in a medium pot over medium high heat until tender.
- Add vegetable stock, garlic, and chickpeas.
- Bring to a simmer then remove from heat.
- Slowly add one ladle of broth in to yogurt, stirring constantly.
- Very slowly whisk yogurt mixture back in to pot of broth.
- Return pot to stove and stir constantly.
- Heat for 5-10 minutes over medium heat until stew thickens while avoiding a simmer.
- Serve with a dusting of paprika and cilantro.